Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 09:45

All of Eden’s horticulture apprentices are creating an eye-catching show garden containing no flowers for the Cornwall Spring Flower Show being held at Boconnoc House and Gardens.

The apprentices aim to mix a sense of old and new with a modern twist to their landscape design.

They plan to surprise visitors and the judges with a unique idea that is set to stand out from the crowd.

They will be including such flowerless plants as ferns, tree ferns, equisetum, commonly known as puzzle grass, cycas, Wollemi, moss, liverworts and lichen. The main features of their garden will be a moss wall and a water feature. 

A mixture of fresh-eyed first year and experienced second year horticulture apprentices have been working on their garden at Eden’s Watering Lane Nursery in preparation for the show.

The project is being overseen by Cath McConnell, Jess Ball and Gillian Cartwright who are part of the temporary displays team at Eden.

Gillian said: “Both our first and second year horticulture apprentices have been busy creating a show garden for this year’s Spring Flower Show. The brief was to create a flowerless garden. The apprentices have been involved in all aspects of the garden from planning to building.

“I looked at the garden the other day and thought - that’s the garden I want at my home. We want the people to come along to support the apprentices and we hope people will say ‘I want that garden’.”

Last year the apprentices won a silver medal for their urban-themed show garden. Their show garden entitled 'New Beginnings' was based upon the question: “What does it feel like to be an apprentice in horticulture?”

The Cornwall Spring Flower Show is being held on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April. A showcase for the best in Cornish horticulture, the show, organised by Cornwall Garden Society, is one of the earliest in the gardening calendar.

At the heart of the show will be the exuberant display of the competitive classes, with the camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons and ornamental shrubs and trees guaranteeing a brilliantly colourful spectacle of the highest quality.

With over 100 trade stands, show gardens and gardening experts on hand there is plenty for visitors to see, do and buy.

The Eden apprentices’ garden will be available to see over the course of the weekend in the show garden tent and will be judged on the Saturday morning.